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Nothing is simple in world of ‘dark money’ politics

Critics say it’s hard to peek into so-called ‘dark money’ groups, which sit at the crossroads of tax law, campaign-finance rules, nonprofit governance and questions of what constitutes ‘social good.’ But defenders say that anonymity is important to protect truly free political speech.... Read more»

Public has dark opinion of dark money in elections

Dark money spending reached record levels this fall, with little sign of abating, even as polls showed overwhelming numbers of Americans troubled by the practice. In one poll, 80 percent of voters said they were worried that donors were “abusing” the system for their own gain.... Read more»

Arizona cited as ‘special place’ for dark-money operations

Dark money in politics is an issue nationwide but in the words of one expert, Arizona “really is a special place for dark money.” The state, because of its laws or its culture, has become ground zero for a growing number of politically active tax-exempt organizations.... Read more»

McCain: CIA torture 'stained national honor'

I believe the American people have a right – indeed, a responsibility – to know what was done in their name. They must know when the values that define our nation are intentionally disregarded. Those policies stained our national honor, did much harm and little practical good.... Read more»

Congress finds sorting Fast and Furious records ‘like pieces of a puzzle’

It’s been more than a month since the Justice Department delivered 64,280 records to a House committee investigating Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF’s botched “gun-walking” probe. But no new details have yet to emerge, as staffers find the review slow going.... Read more»

Commentary

Mexican drug murders get less attention in U.S. than Middle East violence

Commentary: Why are Americans so uninformed and unconcerned about the horrors occurring just across our border?... Read more»1

Graphics: Why Mexicans are saying they've had enough

The 43 missing students have come to represent the more than 22,000 people who have disappeared since 2006.... Read more»1

Pearl Harbor Day: USS Arizona videos

Videos of the USS Arizona, past and present. 1,177 members of the crew of the USS Arizona were killed as the battleship exploded and sank during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. The bodies of more than 900 remain entombed in the vessel, which serves as a memorial for all who died during the attack.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Brewer: Honor a great generation on Pearl Harbor Day

On Sunday, we take time to remember the thousands of brave Americans injured or killed in the surprise attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor 73 years ago.... Read more»

Video: FDR's Pearl Harbor Address

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor Address to Congress: “Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”... Read more»

Advocates blast lawsuit by Az, other states over Obama immigration plan

Legal experts on Friday dismissed as groundless a lawsuit that 18 states, including Arizona, brought this week against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The suit claims that deferred deportation of illegal immigrants and other initiatives“ amount to a unilateral suspension of the nation’s immigration laws.” But a top immigration lawyer derided the suit as “a factually challenged press release.”... Read more»2

Commentary

Global news community stands ground against 'new war on journalists'

Commentary: Amid growing violence against us, our colleagues’ work and their sacrifices inspire us to keep going.... Read more»

Analysis

Are the missing students protests turning into a Mexican spring?

Analysis: More than two months after Mexico’s Ayotzinapa students disappeared, protests are still rocking the country, and they’re spreading. Many demonstrators want to remove President Enrique Peña Nieto. But most analysts say that’s not likely.... Read more»

Az college leaders tout STEM at White House meeting

Hundreds of college leaders from across the country – and at least four from Arizona – reviewed hundreds of different programs at the second White House College Opportunity Summit. They included Michael Crow of ASU, Brian Mueller of Grand Canyon University, and Lee Lambert, chancellor of Pima Community College.... Read more»

FactCheck

Behind the rising deportations of 'criminals'

In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.”... Read more»2

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